One of my greatest joys and challenges is to make a standard model over and over again, slowly and subtly refining it over time. I also like leaving some of the details of a standard model up to chance, improvisation and the natural grain of the wood. This one, for instance, got narrow curly maple strips as part of the five piece neck, something I’ve never done before. It looks great and does the job but also allows me to stretch my creativity within the narrow boundary of the set design. Anyway, this one sounds great of course. Walnut from the Carpenter Ant Stash in Portland and pistachio from California orchards.